At the Deanery Synod on the 30th June the proposed Deanery Plan was accepted: 68% For - 22% Against - 10% Abstaining.
Now comes the hard work of putting it into practice! The implementation process is outlined in a letter from Bishop Hugh and two documents available on the Deanery website: https://sites.google.com/view/
There is an introduction to On the Way by Bishop Philip, including a short video, on the Diocese website: trurodiocese.org.uk/about-us/on-the-way/
Richard Margetts 01752 847044; [email protected]
The diocese received a number of emails asking that in the event of the Plan being approved everything is implemented without consultation; concern has been expressed around pastoral reorganisation, closure of buildings and creating Benefice PCCs in particular. We assure everyone that the Plan itself does not authorise changes to be made; these are all carried out following statutory processes. See the following from Bishop Hugh:
If there are people who believe that the Deanery plan grants authority to close churches or merge PCCs without the further processes required, it would be helpful for them to know that is not the case. As I understand it, having a Deanery plan that has been passed by Synod is taken into account in future pastoral reorganisation ... but it is not considered to replace the normal consultation process. We checked that out some time ago.
We have a clear process in place for pastoral re-organisation, where that is needed, once a Deanery plan is approved, which follows all the proper processes and is separate to On the Way. As [Bishop] Philip says, the point of the Deanery plan is to describe a vision and a culture that the Deanery believes it has discerned, and to outline a plan for achieving it, which may include changes to patterns of ministry, governance, use of buildings etc – in itself it doesn’t change anything.